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Game 21: No. 20
Date: Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007
Time: 6:30 p.m. MST
Radio: Wildcat Radio Network (Brian Jeffries/Ryan Hansen)
TV: FSNAZ (Dave Sitton/Bob Elliott)
Game Data: No. 20 Arizona (14-6, 5-4 Pac-10) opens the second half of conference play Thursday by hosting No. 18 Washington State (17-4, 6-3 Pac-10) in McKale Center ... The Cats look to hold serve at home in the return to Pac-10 play ... The Wildcats were 4-1 in McKale Center in the first trip through the league ... Over the last four home games Arizona is averaging 73.8 points per game, 11.4 points per game lower than its season average at home ... After scoring 80 or more points in 10 of its first 13 games, Arizona has accomplished the feat just once in its last seven contests.
The Rankings: After splitting two games last week, Arizona slipped to No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and to No. 22 the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The Wildcats have been ranked in each poll to date this season.
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson . . . is in his 24th season at Arizona and his 34th overall as a college head coach with a career record of 775-275 (.738) and 583-183 (.761) at Arizona ... He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 27, 2002 ... Olson became the 16th coach in basketball history to tally 1,000 career victories (covering all levels) on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Olson recorded his 775th collegiate victory on Jan. 24, 2007, and became Arizona’s career victories leader (510) on Jan. 17, 2004 ... He has the most Pac-10 wins (321) of any coach in league history ... Olson has the second-best conference winning percentage (.766/321-98) and second-most league championships won (11) in Pac-10 history (minimum three years), trailing only UCLA’s John Wooden (.810/304-74/16 titles) ... During his 24-year tenure at Arizona, the Wildcats have won one national championship (1997), played in the national championship game (2001), participated in four Final Fours (1988, 1994, 1997, 2001), won 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, four Pac-10 Tournament crowns (1988, ?'89, ?'90, 2002) and been to the NCAA Tournament for 22 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active and second-longest streak in NCAA history (North Carolina, 27) ... He also led Iowa to the 1980 Final Four ... Olson has been named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times (1986, ?'88, ?'89, ?'93, ?'94, ?'98, 2003), the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (1979 & ?'81) and directed the UA program to the nation’s second-best winning percentage over the past 19 years (499-131/.792) ... In his collegiate career, Olson has produced 49 NBA Draft picks, including 30 at Arizona ?- 21 alone since 1990 ... He’s led UA to 19 consecutive 20-win seasons and has 28 overall in his career, making him one of only three head coaches in NCAA history to record 28 or more 20-win seasons... Under Olson, the Cats are 343-37 (.903) in
Last Time Out: Fourth-ranked
The Series: Tonight’s game is the 61st meeting of the two schools with
Emerging in the Middle: Jordan Hill helped
With increasing regularity:
Back at It: Junior Bret Brielmaier returned to action Saturday just 23 days after suffering a right knee injury in a Jan. 4 shootaround. The 6-foot-6 forward from
Unfortunate Occurrence: Not only was Saturday’s loss the worst at home in the Lute Olson era, it was also the second-worst loss by
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28 ?- 92-64, vs.
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25 ?- 76-51, vs.
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How important is Offensive Efficiency?: Poor shooting and a plethora of turnovers did in the Wildcats Saturday, as the team shot a season-low 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field and equaled a season high with 20 turnovers. The effort led to season-low totals of 25 first-half points and 64 total points for the game. Aside from those figures,
Off Target: Included in Saturday’s shooting effort was a 1-of-23 (.043) accuracy from three-point range. Only a Mustafa Shakur trey with 2:10 remaining kept the Wildcats from a dubiously impressive 0-fer from behind the arc. The Wildcats missed its first 19 three-point attempts against the Tar Heels. Had Shakur’s lone trey not gone down, it would have been just the third time that
Positives: As mentioned above,
Bouncing Back: After playing just five first-half minutes vs.
Streak Stopped: Senior Mustafa Shakur tallied just four assists in Saturday’s game. It was the first time this season that Shakur had failed to pass out at least five assists. Dating back to last season, the 6-foot-3 guard from
Scoring 80: Perhaps no statistic is more telling of UA success, as the squad is 160-19 (.894) since the start of the 1997-98 season when scoring at least 80 points.
Always On the Run: Early this season,
25-0 run over 7:45 vs.
34-11 run over 9:00 vs. Northern
31-9 run over 7:54 vs.
28-9 run over 11:22 vs. Samford, Nov. 22 (SU went 3-of-16 with four turnovers during run)
20-2 run over 5:59 vs.
21-4 run over 8:08 vs.
24-8 run over 9:17 at
18-3 run over 4:15 at
23-8 run over 7:11 vs. UNLV, Nov. 28 (UNLV 3-of-7 with six turnovers during run)
15-0 run over 2:28 at
Early Signees: Coach Olson and his staff signed five student-athletes to National-Letters-of-Intent during the November early signing period. Jerryd Bayless (G, 6-3, 193) from Phoenix, Ariz., St. Mary’s High School; Jamelle Horne (F, 6-7, 205) from San Diego, Calif., San Diego High School; Alex Jacobson (C, 7-1, 223) from Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei High School; Zane Johnson (F, 6-6, 200) from Phoenix, Ariz., Thunderbird High School; and Laval Lucas-Perry (G, 6-1, 191) from Grand Blanc, Mich., Powers Catholic High School, will join the squad next fall.
Up Next: The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 3, by hosting